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Friday — October 3, 2014 — Issue No. 626

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Beautiful Fall weather here in Southern Illinois today. I wonder if this season called Fall because the leaves are falling from the trees?

Lots of important news this week, so be sure and do your “homework” and read to the end.

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Fire-rescue departments continue to count on pagers

Sep 29, 2014 2:06 PM CDT
Updated: Sep 29, 2014 9:46 PM CDT
By: Doug Smith, FOX 13 Investigative Reporter

FOX 13 News

Remember when anybody who was somebody had a pager? Times have changed, but not at most fire departments across the Tampa Bay area. Pagers are standard equipment for hundreds of firefighters at Tampa Fire Rescue and in Hillsborough County firehouses as well.

“I'm sure most people have experienced when they can't get a signal on their cell phone. Pagers really don't have that problem because they are on a different frequency,” explained Jason Penny, spokesperson for Tampa Fire Rescue. “Pagers don't use the cell towers, they use satellite communications so that makes sure we get the information out to the people we need.”

Tampa Fire Rescue spent $8,166 last year to operate and maintain 133 pagers. Hillsborough County spent more than twice that amount for 334 pagers.

“We spent almost $20,000 a year,” said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesperson Ronnie Rivera. “As long as I remember — and I've been here 15 years — we've been using the pagers and yes, it does work.”

Both agencies say the cost to taxpayers is worth it. Pagers may be “old school,” but they are dependable, and fire departments across the Bay Area and all over the country count on redundancies when it comes to communication. That's so if one system fails, they have a backup — because often times, somebody's life is on the line. [ source ]

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A high school classmate of mine has written a new book. I know it is off-topic for this newsletter, but I thought someone might find it interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it. His photo, and an article about this latest book, GWU Professor Writes About His Hidden Family Secrets , are in the PHOTO OF THE WEEK section at the end of this issue.

Joseph Morris Webb holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and a D.Min. from the Claremont School of Theology in California, where he also taught for several years. His master’s degrees are from the U of I (in journalism) and from the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. He has also taught at California State Universities at Northridge and San Bernardino, at Pepperdine University, and Southern Illinois University. He is the author of a journalism textbook and seven books on preaching and theology.

The epic story of the origin and development of a major religious body that transformed itself from Mormon into an important and deeply progressive Protestant denomination that now calls itself The Community of Christ. The story is told through the lives and unexpected experiences of one extended family, over many generations. Anyone interested in the history of American religion on in how religion impacts the currents of life and family will thoroughly enjoy this remarkable book.

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A new issue of the Wireless Messaging Newsletter is posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the web. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Messaging companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

I spend the whole week searching the Internet for news that I think may be of interest to you — so you won't have to. This newsletter is an aggregator — a service that aggregates news from other news sources. You can help our community by sharing any interesting news that you find.

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Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC — (Ron Mercer)
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Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

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County to replace paging system

by Joe Naiman, Roadrunner Correspondent

October 01, 2014

The software and hardware controller for the county of San Diego's paging system operated by the Sheriff's Department and also used by other public safety agencies will be replaced.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote last month approved a sole-source procurement of a new controller with Prism Paging Systems, LLC. The authorization directs the director of the county's Department of Purchasing and Contracting to enter into negotiations with Prism Paging Systems, LLC, and to award a contract contingent upon successful negotiations and determination of a fair and reasonable price.

"The county's paging system to notify first responders in the event of an emergency is a critical resource, and I am happy to support improvements that ensure this system is top-notch," said Supervisor Bill Horn.

The county's paging system sends text messages to first responders including fire agencies and search and rescue units. The system has three major components: the hardware and software controller, the simulcast radio infrastructure, and the individual receivers.

"We're not buying a whole new system. This is just to replace the system controllers," said Sheriff's Department wireless services division manager Sue Willy. "We're refreshing the technology in the paging system controllers."

The system was initially purchased in 2006. The hardware and software are no longer supported, and the controller has reached the end of its useful life. The replacement of the controller does not require the modification of any of the other components. The existing controllers were manufactured by Zetron Corporation, which subcontracted to Prism Paging Systems.

Although the county supervisors gave the director of the Department of Purchasing and Contracting discretion to determine a fair and reasonable price and the board authorization does not include a specific amount, the estimated cost is $170,000. The money will be provided from the Fire Safety Trust Fund which was established by a settlement with San Diego Gas & Electric resulting from the October 2007 fires.

Willy expects the new controller to be operational by the end of Calendar Year 2014.

Source: Valley Road Runner

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Whether you are replacing or upgrading your existing network or building out new infrastructure, Infostream has the new equipment and systems that you need.

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  • Deployed internationally in mission critical applications
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Infostream is a world leading supplier of paging and messaging infrastructure, specialized paging receivers and consultancy services. The company was founded in 1993 and has engineered and supplied equipment for some of the largest public safety networks and private paging customers around the world.

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Our patented technology notifies clinical personnel immediately, while tracking who receives and responds to each alarm. Users confirm or defer each event with a single button press, and analytic dashboards display response statistics in real time, as well as historically broken down by time, unit, room, and individual.

Our systems not only notify your personnel quickly and reliably, but also provide actionable feedback to fine-tune your procedures, reduce unnecessary alarms, and improve patient outcomes.

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Goel Named Chief Operating Officer at Spōk

Business Wire Spōk Holdings, Inc.
October 1, 2014 8:00 AM


Spōk Holdings, Inc. (SPOK), a global leader in critical communications, today announced the appointment of Hemant Goel as Chief Operating Officer. The appointment is effective today. He will report to Colin Balmforth, president of Spōk, Inc.

Goel joins Spōk from Siemens Health Services, where he was Vice President, Clinical Solutions, with worldwide development responsibilities for the Company’s sizable Clinical IT solutions business. In this position, he successfully managed the organization’s operations, product portfolio, innovation and strategic growth, resulting in higher revenue, expanded market share, and improved customer retention. Goel also led a major software acquisition for the Company.

“We are delighted to welcome Hemant to Spōk’s management team,” said Balmforth. “As a seasoned business executive with 27 years of global experience and proven success in healthcare information technology, he brings a comprehensive set of management, technical, and product development skills that we believe will greatly enhance the Company’s growth opportunities in key markets worldwide. In addition, with his extensive industry knowledge and thought-leadership abilities, we expect Hemant’s insights will help shape our overall business strategy as it continues to evolve over time.”

Before Siemens Health, Goel was Enterprise Vice President and General Manager, Radiology, Cardiology and Enterprise Imaging at Cerner Corporation, where he managed worldwide sales and development of this business unit. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Business Development, Sales and Marketing at StorCOMM, Inc., and, prior to that, served in various management positions at IMNET Systems, Inc., First Data Corporation, and Unisys Corporation.

“Hemant has achieved an impressive record of success throughout his career,” Balmforth added. “We are confident he will continue to make a positive contribution in his new role at Spōk.”

Goel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. He will be based at the Company’s offices in Eden Prairie, Minn.

About Spōk

Spōk Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Springfield, Va., is proud to be a leader in critical communications for healthcare, government, public safety, and other industries. We deliver smart, reliable solutions to help protect the health, well-being, and safety of people around the globe. More than 125,000 organizations worldwide rely on Spōk for workflow improvement, secure texting, paging services, contact center optimization, and public safety response. When communications matter, Spōk delivers. Visit us at or find us on Twitter @Spoktweets.


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Source: Yahoo Finance  

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It's still here — the tried and true Motorola Alphamate 250. Now owned, supported, and available from Leavitt Communications. Call us for new or reconditioned units, parts, manuals, and repairs.

We also offer refurbished Alphamate 250's, Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging!

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( ) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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How Apple Pay Could Change the Retail World

Posted September 23, 2014

Apple has now sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones since the handsets first became available last week. Each comes with the company’s new electronic payments service, known as Apple Pay. The service could revolutionize how customers shop, with Apple promising to plant a stake in the heart of plastic credit card readers.

Although other players have tried to launch their own mobile payment applications, such as Google Wallet, Apple Pay launches with an enormous head start on its competitors. The reason: The payment details stored in the more than 800 million user accounts in Apple's iTunes store, and the tens of millions of phones that will soon be in the hands of consumers around the world. As a result, Apple Pay may prove to have a significant impact on retailers, enterprises and financial institutions.

Big Boost to NFC

Apple’s decision to adopt near field communication (NFC) for its payment system is likely to be a huge boost for the technology. Retailers who may have been hesitant to invest in NFC-capable registers will be secure in the knowledge that 10 million consumers are carrying the technology in their pockets, and 90 percent of smartphones worldwide will now be equipped with NFC chips. Additionally, the mobile payments market is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2017.

In addition to convincing brick-and-mortar retailers that NFC is worth the risk, Apple Pay should also provide a big boost for the e-commerce world. By storing shoppers’ credit card information and allowing them to pay for items with the push of a button, Apple Pay hopes to relieve customers of the need to continually re-enter their information on multiple sites.

Not every entrenched player is going to be happy with the brave new world Apple Pay promises to usher into existence, however. Apple Pay is far from the first digital wallet app on the market. The Merchant Customer Exchange, an organization of more than 50 major U.S. retail chains including 7-Eleven, Target and Walmart, has already put out its own payment system, called CurrentC. Retailers belonging to the exchange are currently prohibited from using any other digital payment service.


The arrival of Apple Pay could also represent the death of the practice of enterprises allowing employees to use their own devices for work purposes and to access company data, a policy known as “bring your own device” (BYOD). Because iOS 8 will store users' banking and credit card information, employees may become less willing to hand the phones — containing even more sensitive personal data — over to their employers' IT departments.

But while storing financial information on a handset might make users less likely to allow employers to install their own software on them, it may make retail payments more secure. Because Apple Pay generates a one-time code for payments that cannot be replicated, the system promises to be much more secure than the existing magnetic stripe plastic credit card. As a result, major data breaches of customer financial data such as the recent attacks on Target and Home Depot, may become much less common.

And since the credit card data is encrypted on the handset, rather than on Apple’s servers, data thieves will not be able to access users’ payment information by hacking into Apple. That would be good news for both retailers and consumers.

Source: Top Tech News  

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3Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
3CNET Platinum Controllers 
2GL3100 RF Director 
1GL3000 ES — 2 Chassis
40SkyData 8466 B Receivers
1GL3000L Complete w/Spares
1Unipage—Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
16Zetron M66 Transmitter Controllers  
Link Transmitters:
1QT-5701, 35W, UHF, Link Transmitter
4Glenayre QT4201 25W Midband Link TX
1Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2Eagle 900 MHz Link Transmitters, 60 & 80W
2Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
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1Glenayre QT7505
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1Nucleus VHF, 125W, Advanced Control
UHF Paging Transmitters:
20Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
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15Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
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Providing better communications solutions to hospitals across the country — together!

For CAS, strong partnerships remain key to providing our software-based communications solutions to our customers. These solutions include:

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We provide the communication, training and resources required to become a CA partner. In turn, our partners provide customers with the highest levels of local service & support. CA Partners may come from any number of business sectors, including:

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  • System Integrators
  • Value Added Resellers and Distributors
  • Expert Contractors
If you would like to hear more about our CA Partners program, we’d love to hear from you.

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Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update —newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.

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BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 17, No. 28October 1, 2014

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Connect America Phase II Challenge Response Period Beings – Responses Due November 10

On Friday, September 26, the FCC announced the lists of census blocks for which a party has made a prima facie case that a census block either should or should not be eligible for Phase II support. Blooston Law strongly encourages all clients to review both lists to ensure that the areas they serve are not marked as eligible when they shouldn’t be. See the article below for more information.

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FCC Announces Beginning of Reply Period on CAF Phase II Challenges

On September 26, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing the start of the reply period for challenges to the potential list of CAF Phase II eligible census blocks. Responses to the challenges are due November 10, using FCC Form 505.

There are two types of challenges involved in this proceeding: the first is for census blocks in which a party has made a prima facie challenge that the census block was listed as eligible by the FCC but should not be eligible; and the second is for census blocks in which a party has made a prima facie case that the census block was not listed as eligible by the FCC, but should be eligible.

After assessing the challenges, responses and evidence received, the Bureau will make a final determination as to which census blocks will be treated as unserved and thus potentially eligible for Phase II support. If no responses to a challenge are received, the challenge will automatically be deemed granted. As we have reported in previous editions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC has specific requirements for responses to CAF Phase II Challenge filings.

BloostonLaw is experienced in helping clients participate in both types of FCC challenge proceedings, having helped numerous clients successfully make challenge showings regarding support in their service areas, as well as defeat challenges to their own bids for support. Clients should review the FCC's list of census blocks (especially those with CLEC operations in price cap areas) and should respond to any challenges arguing the census blocks they serve should be labeled as unserved, and should consider responding to challenges arguing that census blocks they may potentially be interested in bidding on in later phases (or in the Rural Broadband Experiments).

FCC Releases Rural Broadband Experiments Application Form, Delays Deadline and Webinar

On September 26, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice officially delaying the October 14 filing deadline for Form 5610, the application to participate in the Rural Broadband Experiments program. The FCC will release a subsequent Public Notice establishing a new deadline.

According to the Public Notice, the delay was caused by ongoing testing of the electronic submission system used to accept and process the applications. The FCC anticipates that the testing will be complete in four to six weeks, but did not establish a new deadline for the application. The delay has also prompted the FCC to push back the webinar it had scheduled to provide instruction on Form 5610. The new date for the webinar is October 9 at 2 p.m. EST.

Despite these delays, the FCC also released additional information on Form 5610, including screenshots of the form, a sample project information submission, a guide to working with the rural broadband experiments census block list, and a guide to completing the bid form. All these materials are available at .

BloostonLaw encourages clients interested in participating in the Rural Broadband Experiments to continue working on their applications notwithstanding the additional time.

FCC Eliminates Sports Blackout Rule

On September 30, the FCC released a Report and Order officially eliminating its sports blackout rules, which prohibit cable operators, satellite carriers, and open video systems from retransmitting, within a protected local blackout zone, the signal of a distant broadcast station carrying a sporting event if the event is not available live on a local television broadcast station. The elimination of the sports blackout rules will not end local blackouts of sports events on its own, however, because the NFL and other sports leagues may choose to continue their private blackout policies.

According to the FCC, the elimination of the sports blackout rules serves the public interest because it remove unnecessary and outdated regulations. Additionally, it removes regulatory reinforcement of the NFL’s private blackout policy, “which prevents consumers — many of whom cannot attend games because they are elderly or disabled or are fans who have been priced out of attending games due to increased costs for tickets, parking, and concessions, yet have subsidized NFL teams with their tax dollars through publicly-financed stadiums and other tax benefits — from watching their teams’ games on local television.”

The FCC first adopted a sports blackout rule for cable operators in 1975, when game ticket sales were the primary source of revenue for sports leagues. This rule was intended to ensure that the potential loss of gate receipts resulting from cable system importation of distant stations did not lead sports clubs to refuse to sell their rights to sports events to those distant stations, which would reduce the overall availability of sports programming to television viewers.

The rule will remain in effect until thirty days after the Report and Order is published in the Federal Register, which itself could take a number of weeks, suggesting it is unlikely the FCC’s decision will have any effect on this season.

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FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for October 17 Open Meeting

On September 26, the FCC issued the tentative agenda for its October 17, 2014 Open Meeting. At the meeting, the FCC is scheduled to consider the following items:

  • Spectrum Frontiers NOI: The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry to explore innovative developments in the use of spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services, and how the Commission can facilitate the development and deployment of those technologies.
  • Wireless Infrastructure Report and Order: The Commission will consider a Report and Order that takes critical steps to promote the deployment of wireless infrastructure necessary to provide the public with ubiquitous, advanced wireless broadband services.
  • Aggregate Interference and Inter-Service Interference Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: The Commission will consider a proceeding to address aggregate broadcaster-to-broadcaster interference and the methodology for predicting interference between broadcast and wireless operations in the same or adjacent channels in nearby markets during and following the Incentive Auction.
  • Digital Low Power Television Third NPRM and Suspension Public Notice: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding measures to facilitate the final conversion of low power TV and TV translator stations to digital service, and mitigating the potential impact of the incentive auction and the repacking process. The Commission will also consider a concurrent Public Notice suspending expiration dates and construction deadlines for all outstanding unexpired construction permits for new digital low power television and TV translator stations.
  • 911 Outage Presentation: The Commission will hear a presentation regarding an inquiry into a major 911 service outage that affected seven states in April 2014. The presentation will include findings from a report on the causes and effects of the outage as well as recommendations on actions the industry, the Commission and state governments can take to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of 911 services as the nation transitions to Next Generation 911.

As always, the Open Meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., and will be webcast live at .

Wireline Bureau Announces CAF Phase I Round 2 Deadlines

On September 25, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice announcing a specific deadline for CAF Phase I Round 2 location information. This information is due no later than February 24, 2015.

The location information in question, which includes latitude and longitude data, was originally required to be filed one year after filing notices of acceptance. In order to improve administrative efficiency, the FCC has consolidated the filing deadline on the date the last acceptance was filed – February 24.

Despite the consolidation of the location information filing requirement deadline, the FCC specifically stipulated that the relevant date for recipients to complete deployment of broadband-capable infrastructure to two-thirds of the required number of locations within two years of providing notice of acceptance of funding, and to complete deployment to all required locations within three years, is the date on which the amount of Round 2 funding for each carrier was finalized.

FCC Announces Release of Lifeline Reform Order Procedures

On September 25, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the revised procedures for executing the transfer of subscribers’ Lifeline benefits and the procedures for exceptions management and dispute resolution. Clients should review these revisions as soon as possible. According to the Public Notice, in its Lifeline Reform Order the FCC concluded that the National Lifeline Availability Database (NLAD) should allow the transfer of a subscriber’s Lifeline benefit from one ETC to another, and that there must be the capability of performing third-party identification verification checks on potential subscribers, and ETCs may not receive reimbursement for those subscribers whose identities cannot be verified.

Specifically, the following procedures have been implemented:

Benefit Transfer:

  • The ETC to which the subscriber is transferring his or her benefit (the initiating ETC) will initiate the benefit transfer transaction in the NLAD.
  • The initiating ETC must obtain the affirmative consent of the subscriber to transfer the Lifeline benefit prior to the initiation of the transfer in the NLAD.
  • The initiating ETC must keep a record of all communications made with the subscriber when obtaining consent, including records documenting the subscriber’s affirmative consent.

Exceptions Management and Dispute Resolution:

  • When an ETC attempts to load subscriber data into the NLAD, and the subscriber cannot be verified and/or is rejected, USAC will provide the ETC with specific information regarding the nature of the failure ( e.g., subscriber’s identity, age (under 18) or address cannot be verified).
  • In certain cases, the ETCs may override the failure by submitting a code through the NLAD. ETCs may submit an override code only after viewing a document that verifies the information provided by the subscriber ( e.g., for an identity failure, the ETC may view the subscriber’s driver’s license).
  • In other cases, the ETC must work with USAC through a manual process to override the failure.
  • ETCs must keep a record of any documents viewed to override NLAD failures.

Comment Dates Announced for Healthcare Connect Fund Annual Reports

On September 26, the FCC published the Public Notice of June 19 on the Healthcare Connect Fund Order (HFC Order) in the Federal Register, establishing a comment deadline of October 27 and a reply comment deadline of November 10.

In the HCF Order, the Commission identified three performance goals for the newly constituted HCF: (1) to increase access to broadband for health care providers (HCPs); (2) to foster the development and deployment of broadband health care networks; and (3) to minimize the burden on the federal universal service fund by ensuring the cost-effectiveness of the program.

To measure progress toward the first goal, the FCC proposes to collect data on the extent to which program participants subscribe to higher levels of broadband over time; participation in HCF relative to the universe of eligible participants; the bandwidths obtained by different types of HCPs; and whether those bandwidths are sufficient for their needs.

To measure progress toward the second goal, the FCC proposes to collect data on the extent to which eligible HCPs participating in HCF are connected to other HCPs through broadband health care networks; the reach of broadband health care networks supported by our programs, including connections to those networks by eligible and non-eligible HCP sites; and how program participants use their broadband connections to deliver health care, including whether and to what extent HCPs are engaging in telemedicine, exchanging electronic health records (EHRs), or participating in health information exchanges, remote training, and other telehealth applications.

To measure progress toward the third goal, the FCC proposes to collect data on the cost of administering the program as compared to funds disbursed to program participants; the prices and speeds of the broadband connections supported by HCF; and the number and nature of all responsive bids received through the competitive bidding process, as well as an explanation of how each winning bid was chosen.

It appears that most, if not all, of the information collected under this program will be supplied by the healthcare provider fund recipient rather than the service provider. Nevertheless, service provider cooperation may be necessary to provide the information sought by the FCC, and such information may raise confidentiality concerns with service providers. Clients that provide service to HCF recipients should feel free to contact the firm for more information.

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FCC Announces Panelist Information for Open Internet Roundtable

On September 24, the FCC announced the panelists for its October 2, 2014 Open Internet roundtable, entitled Economics of Broadband: Market Successes and Market Failures.

The roundtable will consider incentives to provide high quality open Internet access service, the relevance of market power and policies to address market power, consumer protection, and shared benefits of the Internet. Panelists for the roundtable are: Jonathan Baker , Professor at the Washington College of Law at American University; Nicholas Economides , Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the NET Institute at Stern School of Business, New York University; Thomas Hazlett , Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor, Department of Economics at Clemson University; Christiaan Hogendorn , Associate Professor, Department of Economics at Wesleyan University; John Mayo , Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; and Hal Singer , Principal of Economists Inc. and Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.

The roundtables will be free and open to the public, and the FCC also will stream them live at . The FCC encourages members of the public to submit suggested questions in advance and during the roundtables by email to or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCCRoundtables.

FCC Asks Media Firms for Details of Comcast Contracts

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission is asking media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast as it reviews the company’s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

According to the article, the FCC believes the documents — which cover details of the carriage arrangements between Comcast and TV channel owners — contain information that would be relevant in its review. Media companies are reportedly (and perhaps predictably) pushing back, as the agreements likely contain sensitive competitive information. Indeed, the Wall Street Journal reports that officials from several media companies, including CBS, 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney, Discovery Communications, Time Warner, Viacom, met with FCC staff earlier this month to voice their "grave concerns" about releasing "certain highly confidential materials," according to a regulatory filing.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that the media companies suggested an alternative strategy, used earlier in the Comcast/NBCU merger, in which the Justice Department would have all of the information and the FCC could access it through them.

A copy of the full article can be found here .

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Calendar At-a-Glance

Oct. 1 – FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Reporting) .*
Oct. 2 – Economics of Broadband Roundtable.
Oct. 6 – Comments due on IP Captioning proceeding.
Oct. 9 – Webinar on FCC Form 5610 (Rural Broadband Experiments Application).
Oct. 14 – Deadline for applications for rural broadband experiments.*
Oct. 15 – Auction 97 upfront payments are due.
Oct. 17 – Comment deadline for FirstNet RFI.
Oct. 17 – FCC Open Meeting.
Oct. 27 – Comments are due on the Healthcare Connect Fund Public Notice.

Nov. 3 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Nov. 3 – Reply comments are due on IP Captioning proceeding.
Nov. 10 – Auction 97 Mock Auction begins.
Nov. 10 – Responses to CAF Phase II Challenges are due.
Nov. 10 – Reply comments are due on the Healthcare Connect Fund Public Notice.
Nov. 13 – Auction 97 begins.
Nov. 14 – Comments are due on USDA Notice on Changes to Guaranteed Loan Program Regulations.
Nov. 14 – Comments are due on Part 32 Accounting Rules NPRM.

Dec. 1 – Deadline to Increase Residential Rate Floor to $16.
Dec. 15 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection.
Dec. 15 – Reply comments are due on Part 32 Accounting Rules NPRM.

* These deadlines have been suspended indefinitely. New deadlines have not been set at this time.

BloostonLaw Private Users UpdateVol. 15, No. 9September 2014

Reminder: Part 90 Class B Signal Booster Registration Must be Completed by November 1, 2014

The FCC has announced that Part 90 licensees and signal booster operators that operate or intend to operate Part 90 Class B private land mobile (non-consumer) signal boosters will be required to register existing signal boosters with the Commission by November 1, 2014. Any new Class B signal boosters installed on or after November 1, 2014 must be registered before the device can be operated. Registration will be made electronically and paper filings will not be accepted.

If you have a signal booster that requires registration, please contact our office for assistance.

FCC Seeks Comment on Request of ACD Telecom, LLC to be Certified as a Part 90 Frequency Coordinator

The FCC is seeking comment on the proposal by ACD Telecom, LLC to be certified as a public safety Part 90 Frequency Coordinator. Comments are due October 8, 2014 and Reply Comments are due October 23, 2014.

In evaluating a proposal for certification as a frequency coordinator under Part 90 of the FCC’s Rules, the entity must demonstrate that (a) it is able to represent users of the frequencies that will be coordinated, (b) provide its overall coordination plan (including how recommendations will be made and the equality of applicant treatment, (c) its experience coordinating frequencies in the service or technical expertise and (d) its nationwide coordination capability.

ACD Telecom states that it was formed in 1998 and that it satisfies the “representativeness” requirement for frequency coordination. Additionally, ACD Telecom states that it has an effective coordination plan, has extensive PLMR technical experience and a nationwide coordination capability. As a result, ACD Telecom states that it is qualified to be a coordinator and therefore seeks certification to coordinate public safety frequencies in the VHF and UHF bands below 512 MHz, the 700 MHz narrowband band and the 800 MHz public safety frequencies, including the NPSPAC band.

We’re Getting the Band Back Together: Sprint Sells 900 MHz Spectrum to Former Nextel Head for Push to Talk Service

A company led by former Nextel co-founders Morgan O’Brien and Brian McAuley has raised $218 million in a private equity deal and is using a portion of these proceeds to acquire all of Sprint Corporation’s 900 MHz spectrum licenses (approximately 6 megahertz nationwide). The spectrum was formerly used in Sprint’s nationwide 800 MHz/900 MHz iDEN network.

Pacific DataVision, Inc. (“PDV”) plans to use the spectrum to launch a modern ( i.e., non-iDEN) push-to-talk radio network dedicated solely to serving business customers. The service will target dispatch-oriented small and medium-sized businesses in the major metropolitan markets of the United States and will be offered primarily through Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s Authorized Dealer Network.

Mr. McAuley, Chairman of PDV, said, “Morgan and I are proud of the role we played in building Nextel into a carrier focused on the needs of the enterprise community. With the availability of Motorola Solutions’ digital radio technology, we see an opportunity to incorporate PDV’s proprietary cloud-based mobile resource management solutions into a next generation offering for businesses. These solutions increase productivity through the delivery of real-time information from and about mobile workers to their managers.”

The license assignment transaction, which involved 893 Major Trading Area (or “MTA”) and 512 site-specific 900 MHz licenses, was approved by the FCC’s Wireless Bureau last week. PDV intends to implement a push-to-talk dispatch service using its Dispatch Plus™ communications system, which features handset technology from Motorola and PDV’s proprietary mobile resource management solution. The company has been developing dispatch-centric, business mobility solutions for over ten years and has reportedly secured six U.S. and two foreign patents.

While some traditional Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) providers, including Sprint, also provide PTT services, PDV expects that its network solution, which will be dedicated to dispatch, will restore the speed and simplicity demanded by its targeted dispatch-centric customers and will greatly enhance the instant communication abilities of business users within their organizations and with their suppliers, vendors, and customers. Sprint decommissioned its iDEN network in June 2013, and has been transitioning its 800 MHz spectrum to wideband CDMA and wideband LTE.

FirstNet Seeks Input on Rural Telco Partnership, Non-First Responder Access

FirstNet has issued a request for information (RFI) at its Sept. 17 board meeting, seeking input on issues such as whether FirstNet can be accessed by non-public safety users, which may be of interest to public utilities and other companies that may be compatible with the restrictions likely to be imposed on FirstNet participants. Comments on the RFI are due Oct. 17.

The RFI also seeks information on the potential for partnering with established carriers, especially rural telephone companies, to complete the buildout of the nationwide public safety broadband network as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The RFI also asks a number of detailed questions focused on the core, radio access network (RAN), security and partnerships. The RFI is designed to lead to an RFP to move implementation of the network along.

As reported by Fierce Wireless, Ed Parkinson, FirstNet's director of government affairs, indicates: "It's the vendor community that is going to dictate the best way this is going to be built." He noted contracts for the network will be subject to a competitive process and will have to follow federal acquisition regulations.

FCC Rejects Waiver Request from Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

The Commission has rejected the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s request for waiver to utilize the frequencies 159.045 and 159.075 MHz on a co-primary basis. The Turnpike Commission stated in its waiver request that it operates a state-wide VHF 2-way voice system that consists of 26 mobile repeaters and 3,000 mobile units that support public safety activities, including: routine highway maintenance, inclement highway maintenance and interoperable emergency dispatch services with the Pennsylvania State Police, maintenance utility workers, fire and EMS agencies and towing companies. Additionally, the Turnpike Commission stated that it uses its system to coordinate with local law enforcement, military personnel and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The FCC noted that the Turnpike Commission claimed that the FCC recently placed a condition on the licenses for two of its call signs which indicated that the frequency 159.045 MHz would be authorized on a secondary basis even though its remaining licenses did not have that condition. As a result, the Turnpike Commission stated that the frequency would no longer be usable since it could not rely on a secondary frequency for emergency response operations.

In evaluating the Turnpike Commission’s waiver request, the FCC concluded that the base station use of the frequency 159.045 MHz was made on a secondary, noninterference basis in order to protect mobile-only licensees from the potential for harmful interference from the much more powerful base stations. As a result, the FCC stated that the purpose of the rule would not be served by a waiver. In reaching this conclusion, the FCC noted that the Turnpike Commission had not shown that there were unique or unusual factual circumstances that would distinguish it from any other licensee operating a base station on a secondary basis relative to the mobile-only operations authorized on the channel. This, taken with the fact that the Turnpike Commission had been operating on the frequency on a secondary basis for more than 40 years clearly demonstrated that the status quo was a viable alternative and that the perceived harm was speculative in nature.

Globe Wireless Radio Services Inc. Obtains Waiver to Allow Use of HF Public Coast Frequencies

The FCC has granted the request of Globe Wireless Radio Services to use high frequency (HF) public coast spectrums above 5 MHz for communications between its high seas public cost stations at Palo Alto and Rio Vista, California, Bishopville, Maryland, Pearl River, Louisiana and a new station on Long Island, New York.

Under the FCC’s Rules, VHF band frequencies are allocated to serve port areas while HF bands serve vessels on the high seas — which may be hundreds or even thousands of miles from land. Public Coast stations are commercial mobile radio service providers that allow ships at sea to send and receive messages and interconnect with the telephone public switched network. In this regard, each public coast station has one or more exclusive use public correspondence channels within its service area or region of operation so that it serve foreign and domestic vessels along inland water ways, in coastal areas and on the high-seas.

Rule Section 80.453 permits public coast stations to provide radiotelephone and radiotelegraph service to ships and shore stations under certain conditions — but limits communications between shore stations to frequencies between 0.415 – 5 MHz. In granting the rule waiver request, the FCC agreed with Globe Wireless Radio Services that limiting communications between public coast stations to frequencies below 5 MHz created an unnecessary burden on operators. As a result, the FCC concluded that the purpose of Rule Section 80.453(d)(5) would not be served. This is because there has been a decline in the number of public coast stations, which in turn, has created longer distances between the stations. Additionally, the disruptive HF propagation characteristics, such as sunspot cycles, atmospheric and seasonal conditions make it necessary for public coast stations to have access to all licensed HF frequencies.

FCC Fines Equity Communications $20,000 for Tower Violations Following Surprise Inspection

The FCC has imposed a $20,000 forfeiture against Equity Communications for failing to properly paint its tower and for failing to enclose the antenna tower within an effectively locked fence or enclosure. In assessing this fine, the FCC noted that the maintenance of marking and lighting is critical to aviation safety, while having proper fencing around antenna towers is necessary to ensure that the public is not exposed to RF radiation.

In March, 2010, the FCC’s Philadelphia field office inspected the antenna tower that was located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The inspectors noted that the tower was required to be painted and lighted. However, at the time of the inspection, the paint was faded and chipped. During the course of the inspection, the FCC’s field agents noted that the southeast gate was unlocked, which would allow unrestricted access to the tower. Because the tower held an AM station, it had the potential for harmful RF radiation at the base of the tower.

Equity stated that it had never seen the gate unlocked, but that there are several tenants on the tower who could have inadvertently left the gate unsecured. Nonetheless, on November 16, 2010, the FCC reinspected the tower and found that the violations had not been corrected.

As a result of its findings, the FCC had proposed a $20,000 fine.

It is important to note that the FCC expects licensees to come into compliance immediately when a tower violation is involved (because of the safety issues raised), and that such action is not used in determining a downward adjustment to a proposed fine. Additionally, even though Equity claimed to have taken immediate action, the FCC found that taking 11 months to install white strobe lighting to resolve the painting violation was not immediate. Rather, the FCC found that this delay constituted a “deliberate disregard” for the FCC’s Rules. Finally, the FCC also declined to reduce the fine based upon Equity’s overall history of regulatory compliance since it had prior tower violations in 2002 and a new violation in 2011.

Canadian National Railway Agrees to Record $5.25 Million Consent Decree to Settle Numerous FCC Licensing Violations

Canadian National Railway agreed to a civil settlement of $5.25 million in order to resolve an investigation into the Company’s acquisition and operation of hundreds of wireless radio facilities without obtaining prior FCC approval. In some cases, the unauthorized operation continued for more than 20 years before the violations were disclosed to the FCC. This is the largest civil penalty in FCC history for unauthorized radio operations and transfers of control.

Canadian National Railway provides rail, trucking, warehousing and distribution services throughout Canada and portions of the United States. In 1995, it acquired a several railroad companies in the United States that held FCC radio licenses. The FCC also noted that as far back as 1990, Canadian National Railway and its predecessors had either constructed, relocated, modified or otherwise operated several hundred wireless radio facilities without first obtaining FCC approval.

If you are planning a transaction, including asset sales or acquisitions, mergers, or even internal corporate reorganizations in the near future, please contact our office so that we can evaluate whether or not there are any FCC regulatory impacts. It is also important to note that most modifications to your radio facilities will also require prior approval.

FCC Orders Sprint to Reimburse R&M Repeater for 800 MHz Rebanding

The FCC resolved a dispute between R&M Repeater and Sprint regarding Sprint’s obligation to reimburse R&M Repeater for expenses associated with its 800 MHz rebanding efforts. The dispute arose over whether R&M was entitled to reimbursement for the rebanding of 800 MHz spectrum that it acquired from Vulcan Materials, and whether or not R&M’s installation of the frequencies in its radio system during the summer months when school was not in session was appropriate. Sprint asserted that R&M was not entitled to rebanding costs because it installed the current frequencies rather than the replacement frequencies — meaning the frequencies that would ultimately be assigned by the 800 MHz Transition Administrator to replace the current channels as part of the 800 MHz rebanding effort. Further, Sprint asserted that R&M should have been aware of the rebanding requirements since its affiliate had been the subject of an 800 MHz rebanding agreement in 2004.

The FCC concluded that R&M did not become subject to the FCC’s 800 MHz rebanding rules until it closed its transaction with Vulcan Materials in November 2013. As a result, any actions taken by R&M prior to the closing, including the installation of frequencies in its radios during the summer break, had no impact on whether or not R&M was entitled to reimbursement from Sprint.

Sprint argued that if R&M was entitled to reimbursement, it should be limited to $60,015, which is the additional cost associated with the rebanding if it is completed during R&M’s annual radio maintenance cycle during the summer break. R&M argued that the reimbursement amount should be $249,522. The FCC stated that while R&M has the obligation to complete the rebanding in the most cost effective way as possible, it is also constrained by the requirements imposed by the 800 MHz Transition Administrator, especially since its rebanding must occur ahead of three other licensees. That said, the FCC concluded that R&M is entitled to costs of up to $249,522 if an off-cycle rebanding is required.

FCC Updates Rules Concerning Satellite Emergency Beacons

The FCC has amended Parts 90, 87 and 95 of its Rules to update certain mailing and e-mail addresses pertaining to satellite emergency beacons — which are required for registration or for obtaining additional information.

These addresses include those for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Beacon Registration Database, the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics and the United States Coast Guard. These addresses are important because manufacturers and users of Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are required to make certain notifications or filings in connection with the registration and use of EPIRB devices. In particular, owners of EPIRBs, ELTs and PLBs are required to register emergency and other pertinent information such as the name, telephone number, type of aircraft/vessel and the beacons unique identification code with the NOAA (the United States program manager for the COSPAS/SARSAT satellite system).

From an end-user standpoint, manufacturers of EPIRB devices are required to provide purchasers with a post card to facilitate the registration of the EPIRB’s NOAA code with the NOAA. Additionally, vessel owners are required to advise the NOAA in writing of a change in ownership of a vessel or EPIRB device, the transfer of an EPIRB to another vessel or any other change in registration information. Similar requirements exist for Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) that are installed in aircraft so that the owner can provide the NOAA with the name, address, telephone number, type of aircraft, alternate emergency contact and other information required by NOAA. Likewise, owners of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) must also register with NOAA, using the post card provided with the device.

If your device does not come with the appropriate notification post card, please contact your vendor as soon as possible so that it can be registered before you use the beacon. The FCC’s Rules state that a failure to properly register EPIRBs, ELTs and PLBs could subject the owner to a monetary forfeiture.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm. For additional information, please contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or .

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Windows 10 revealed: Microsoft's next OS fuses Windows 7 and 8

Mark Hachman
@markhachman Sep 30, 2014 11:18 AM

At a press event on Tuesday, Microsoft launched the next version of Windows: Not Windows One, not Windows 9, but Windows 10, which combines the reborn Start menu with Windows 8’s colorful live tiles and adjusts its behavior depending on how you’re using your device.

Windows 10 will officially launch in the middle of next year, but you’ll have a chance to try it out before that via a new Windows Insider program, launching Wednesday. The platform’s most vocal fans will have a chance to download the technical preview before it launches next year.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore showing off Windows 10’s reborn, revamped Start Menu.

Microsoft executives unveiled the new OS at a small press event in San Francisco, where the company tried to position the Windows 10 OS as a “natural step forward” for both Windows and Windows Phone, which will also be renamed Windows 10.

Windows 10 will be designed for the enterprise, Terry Myerson executive vice president of Microsoft’s OS group, said. It will have a “familiar” interface, whether it be for Windows 7 or Windows 8. “They will find all the tools they’re used to finding, with all the apps and tools they’re used to today,” he said.

Windows 10 will be compatible with all the familiar management systems, including mobile device management. MDM tools will manage not just mobile devices, but PCs, phones, tablets, and even embedded devices in part of the Internet of Things, Myerson said. Enterprise customers will be able to manage their own app stores, so that their employees get the right apps for them. As Windows 8 did, data security will be a priority, he said.

“Windows 10 will be our greatest enterprise platform ever,” Myerson said.

Windows 10 revealed

Windows 10's 'Task View' includes multiple desktops, a feature long desired by power users.

Joe Belfiore, who runs part of the OS team focused on the PC experience, showed off the new OS, which he called a “very early build.” Yes, the new build has the Stat menu, combining the icon-driven menu from Windows 7, plus the added Live Tiles to the right.

Belfiore used the analogy of a Tesla to describe how Windows 7 users would feel when they upgraded—something that Microsoft desperately wants them to do: a supercharged OS, but one that will feel familiar.

One of the things that Microsoft wants to ensure is that Windows 10 is personalized results, including search results, Belfiore said.

Windows 8 had a universal app platform, with a common Windows Store that handle updates independently. Belfiore said that Microsoft wanted all those Windows 7 uses to get all the benefits of Windows 8 apps. Apps will be shown in the Live Tiles, with no real indication whether they are “classic” apps or modern, Windows 8 apps. Apps can be “snapped,” like Windows 8. Users will also not have to leave the Windows desktop to use modern apps, as expected.

Snap multitasking in Windows 10.

Multitasking will also be a priority, with a stated goal being able to “empower” novice users, Belfiore said. On the taskbar there will be a “task view” where users can switch back and forth between different environments—whether it be 32-bit Windows 7 apps or modern apps. And yes, they will include virtual desktops, with the ability to switch back and forth between virtual environments. A “snap assist” feature will allow users to select similar windows to snap alongside other apps. And up to four apps or windows can be snapped to the four corners of the desktop, Belfiore said.

Even more advanced uses will be able to take advantage of new keyboard shortcuts, with the ability to ALT-TAB between desktops. “It’s a nice forward enhancement to make those people more productive,” Belfiore said.

Microsoft even improved the command line interface, with an improved keyboard interface. (You can use Crtl+V to paste now!)

Touch when you need it

Belfiore wrapped up by talking about touch: “We’re not giving up on touch,” he said. But he did say that that massive numbers of users were familiar with the touchless Windows 7 interface, while supporting those who have jumped to Windows 8.

So that means that the Charms experience will be revamped. When you swipe right on Windows 10, the Charms bar is still there. But Belfiore said that the Charms experience would change. When people swipe in from the left, Windows 10, you’ll get a task view. “I’m using touch in a way that accelerates my use of a PC,” Belfiore said.

The Start screen gets an overhaul in Windows 10 and will only appear when you're actively using a touchscreen.

Microsoft is also working on a revamped UI that isn’t is in Windows 10, yet. For two-in-on devices, a “Continuum” mode will adjust the UI depending on whether or not the mouse and keyboard is present. When a keyboard is disconnected, the Windows 8-style Start menu appears and a back button is available so that users can easily back out to a prior command. Menus grow larger. Bu when a mouse and keyboard is connected, the desktop mode reappears, Windows apps return to desktop windows, and the Start page disappears.

Now, Microsoft needs to take the next step: pitching enterprise customers, Myerson said. And that’s critical for Windows’ future, analysts said. Expect more details on the consumer flavors of Windows 10 early next year, more application details at BUILD, and then a launch of Windows 10 near the middle of next year.

“For businesses, I think there are some businesses who have picked it up and they are really early adopters, but in general, the sense—when we engage with customers, we’re not hearing a lot of reception out there,” Wes Miller, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, said in advance of the briefing. “We’re hearing a lot of businesses even before whatever that thing comes out tomorrow, before that came out, businesses were saying, we’re going to hang out on Windows 7, it’s stable, it does what we need to do.”

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Starting Wednesday, Microsoft will launch a Windows Insider program, distributing the technical preview of Windows 10, Myerson said. Through Window Insiders we’re inviting our more vocal Windows fans” to help refine the Windows experience, executives said. Users will be able to sign up at, he said, where they will be able to hold private discussions with Windows engineers and give feedback.

“Windows 10 will be our most open, collaborative OS project ever,” Myerson said.

Source: PCWorld

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BlackBerry put a $2,000 smartphone into our pauper's hands

Daniel Cooper | @danielwcooper | September 23rd 2014 at 8:02 am

BlackBerry may have fallen out of favor with the majority of mainstream smartphone purchasers , but the company has always held a certain appeal with the, erm, super-rich. That's why it's no surprise to see the Porsche Design P'9983 getting unveiled here at London's Harrods, a department store where personal submarines and gold-plated Xbox Ones sit side-by-side. The phone is the latest collaboration with the German design outfit , which crams BlackBerry hardware into its own chassis, and we got some time to find out how this thing feels in our hands.

Before we begin, however, we should indulge in a little history. After all, the P'9983 is the third device to emerge from the collaboration between BlackBerry and Porsche Design. The first was the P'9981 , which crammed a BlackBerry Bold 9900 into a new chassis — an idea that was so popular, it sold 170,000 units and became Harrods ' biggest selling device. This was followed by the P'9982 , or a BlackBerry Z10 with a minor storage bump and an angular, more brutal exterior. We've heard an unofficial statistic that around 30,000 of these units have been sold in the device's life, which goes to show that there is a market for this sort of ultra-ultra-premium smartphone.

If you were hoping that the P'9983 would be taking hardware cues from either the soon-to-be-released Classic or Passport , then you're likely to be disappointed. Unfortunately, this device is merely a dressed-up version of the old Q10 . That means that you're stuck rocking the same dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960, 2GB RAM, 3.1-inch 720 x 720 display and 2,100mAh battery that that we saw back in April of last year. The only difference this time around, is that there's 64GB storage tucked inside the hardware, rather than the 16GB found in the original and the microSD slot will now accept 128GB cards.

Of course, the one thing that the Q10 did get right was the keyboard, and it's this feature that has sent Porsche Design's employees a little crazy. This time out, the device has a keyboard with specially-crafted "glass-like" keys made from composite plastic and a 3D-effect for the lettering. The high-gloss keyboard is tremendously easy to run your fingers across, and there's a surprising amount of travel considering the size of the device. The keys are big enough that you'll probably be able to hammer out mini masterpieces on this as soon as you've gotten back into the habit of using a physical keyboard.

One of the things that you'll be sure of with a Porsche Design handset is that the build quality will be exemplary. It's no different here, with a stainless steel frame that is pleasingly heavy. You can feel it hang inside your suit jacket pocket, giving you the impression that it'll take a lot of punishment.

The P'9883 runs BlackBerry 10.3, but the company didn't want to spend too much time discussing the operating system in any great depth. After all, there's another device due very shortly that'll emphasize the new software features in greater detail. Some of the things you can spot, however, include a new "blue circle" that highlights the most commonly used feature in any menu — offering an email compose shortcut in the email hub or the shutter icon within the camera. There are also a raft of small software tweaks that Porsche Design has included, like a PD-styled clock face, loading screen and system font.

One thing that won't change on this new device is the ability to side-load Android APKs if you're not satisfied with the selections on BlackBerry World and the Amazon App Store . The former, however, is being tweaked to focus on productivity apps rather than trying to compete with Google Play.

Camera-wise, there's an 8-megapixel, sapphire crystal-coated lens at the back that we've also covered in enormous detail in our review of the BlackBerry Q10 . At first blush, little has changed, which means that we're confident enough to give you the TL;DR version here: in bright light, photos are good with bright color reproduction, albeit missing a little bit of sharpness. In darkness, you're probably better off using another device.

Like the Z10 before it, once you open up the presentation box, you'll find a credit-card sized certificate of authenticity and your own "exclusive" BBM code. The 2AA that sits at the start of your messaging pin will denote you as a cut above regular users, and a special icon will appear in your profile to tell the world that you spent some serious cash on your phone. The device is also exquisitely packaged, coming in a sturdy box that includes a stereo headset, charging plugs for various nations, a USB cable and a polishing cloth. You'll also be able to swap out that glass-weave backplate for various premium leather options in a variety of colors.

BlackBerry is targeting its line of Porsche Design handsets to the "Power Professional," a euphemism that broadly encompasses style-conscious millionaires and ultra-masculine business types. It should, therefore, be no surprise to learn that the the Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9983 will set you back £1,400 / $2,000 (which roughly converts to €1,780). For most of us, that's a little too steep considering that you can get a Q10 for free on some contracts nowadays. If you're not a devotee of asceticism, or you're already an oil billionaire, or you do your business deals from the front seat of your Porsche, then it's just pocket change. Of course, this device is little more than a statement of wealth, a bold way of walking into a room and saying "I am rich" without having to pull out your most recent bank statement. As long as you can ignore those who'd point out that you can get essentially the same phone for free, then you can snag this device from Harrods at the start of October and from other high-end outlets a week afterward.


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Woodworker's Motto:

“If your goal is perfection , you will get good enough. If your goal is good enough, you will get firewood .”

Contrary View:

Perfect is the enemy of good is an aphorism or proverb which is commonly attributed to Voltaire whose moral poem, La Bégueule, starts:

“Dans ses écrits, un sage Italien
Dit que le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.”

(In his writings, a wise Italian
says that the best is the enemy of the good.)

The Pareto principle or 80–20 rule explains this numerically. For example, it commonly takes 20% of the full time to complete 80% of a task while to complete the last 20% of a task takes 80% of the effort. Achieving absolute perfection may be impossible and so, as increasing effort results in diminishing returns, further activity becomes increasingly inefficient

Economists such as George Stigler say that, “If you never miss a plane, you're spending too much time at the airport.”


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GWU Professor Writes About His Hidden Family Secrets

Posted on September 23, 2014 by GWUtoday staff in News

Joseph Webb, Ph.D., professor of Communication and New Media. Photo by: Kanisha Fowler

By: Jonelle Bobak

Joseph Morris Webb, a Communications professor at Gardner-Webb, has recently published Home to Tunnel Hill, a book revealing a part of his family’s religious history, that was hidden from him for more than half his life.

During his childhood, Webb was always familiar with seeing his mother’s side of the family and never questioned why his father’s side of the family was never in the picture.

In 2006 he received an e-mail from a high school friend, Leigh Henson, asking if he had been back up to Illinois, where he grew up, to visit the Webb Cemetery. Webb later replied bringing the realization that he did not even know the cemetery existed.

After this exchange with Leigh, he was brought back to a distant memory in his childhood which included a conversation with his Aunt Cynthia. He remembers her stating, “There are a lot of Webb Mormons, but they are not us.”

He found out that before his mother accepted his father’s proposal of marriage, she made him swear that their children would never know about their Mormon ancestry or the place that he almost took up within its ministry.

He began his research in 2006. His curiosity was sparked because he wanted to know who the Webb’s were, if they were related to him and why he never knew them. He then contacted Glenn Webb, a high priest of a Mormon Church in Southern Illinois, to see if they could meet.

“We made the trip in late spring, and for the first time I saw Tunnel Hill,” said Webb. They pulled up to a house built in the 1890’s that belonged to Dr. Webb’s great-great grandfather; Glenn Webb and his wife live there now.

In 1830, the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, sent Parley Pratt, a member of the Mormon Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, out west to spread the religion that just began.

Webb’s new book entitled, “Home to Tunnel Hill.” Photo by: Kanisha Fowler
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They were traveling by steamboat on the Ohio River and a freezing, bitter, wind blew through that froze the river. According to Webb’s book, “The Ohio itself a very wide river, was completely iced in, to the point that river traffic would not move again until well into January”.

Pratt and his comrades had to take an alternate route, which led them to the Webb House in southern Illinois. Pratt shared who they were, where they were going and why. This is how the Webb family was introduced to Mormonism.

In 2000 the RLDS, or Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints, voted itself out of existence because they wanted to start over. They formed a new denomination called the Community of Christ.*

“This book is about the intertwining of church and family,” said Dr. Webb.

In 2009, Webb and his wife Andrea traveled up to Tunnel Hill to attend a family reunion to meet their newly found relatives. They were graciously taken in and brought up to date with family matters.

* 9/24/14 Revision: In 2000, part of the RLDS formed a new denomination known as the Community of Christ.

Source: GWU-Today

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